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Flight MH17 shot down: 3 life sentences

Dutch court upholds prosecutors' requests

A Dutch court of maximum security has sentenced to life imprisonment the 3 defendants found guilty of the shooting down of flight MH17 (Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur), which took place on 17 July 2014 in Ukraine, in which 298 people were killed. These are two Russian citizens and a Ukrainian, not present in the courtroom. Malaysia Airlines B-777/200ER was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched by Russian separatist forces. 

An "important decision". "The punishment for all Russian atrocities, both then and now, will be inevitable", commented the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelkensky, entrusted to social networks. For its part, Russia is speaking of a "political" and "scandalous" verdict, according to diplomatic sources in Moscow. 

For the judges "only the maximum penalty is a sentence appropriate to the consequences of such acts, for which it sentences the three defendants to life imprisonment". Decision motivated by this evidence: "Fragments of the Buk missile found in the bodies of the victims are irrefutable proof of the fact that it was this missile that caused the flight to be shot down".

"It is a good thing that this point has finally been reached. This is another step in the search for truth and justice for the victims and their loved ones. But it is also another difficult and distressing day for many of the victims' families and friends. And as important as this verdict is, it is not the final conclusion. It is not the end. All parties still have the right to appeal", Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said. 

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